Monday, February 20, 2012

New technology may beat Moore's Law

If you've been in the IT field for a while you may have heard of Moore's Law.  Stated simply, Moore's Law predicts that processor power will double every 18 months to 2 years.  The amazing thing about Moore's Law is that, so far, it has been pretty accurate and held up pretty well in terms of predicting how processors have grown in speed and computing power over the years. 

Moore's Law is named for Gordon Moore, the co-founder of  Intel Corp.  He first described the phenomenon in a 1965 report that was later cited by others with his name attached to it.

So today I stumble upon an article entitled  "Transistor Made Using a Single Atom May Help Beat Moore's Law".    The concept is built around the premise of creating a transistor from a single phosphorus atom.  Yes, a transistor from a single atom. If it can be made to work it will result in significantly smaller and faster processors.  One of the the challenges is that the atom must be kept at minus-391 degrees Fahrenheit.  

If you are interested in the article, here's the link:

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